Snowbound with a Stranger [NOOK Book]

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Dannie Marino is hiking with colleagues when a sudden blizzard separates her from her group. She's rescued by Lee, a dangerously sexy stranger who leads her to a remote cabin to weather the storm.

When the night inevitably ends in an intense erotic encounter, Dannie is both shocked and liberated by her response. But being intimate means letting herself be vulnerable, which isn't her style. Lee tries to reach out to her, but she avoids any ...

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Overview


Dannie Marino is hiking with colleagues when a sudden blizzard separates her from her group. She's rescued by Lee, a dangerously sexy stranger who leads her to a remote cabin to weather the storm.

When the night inevitably ends in an intense erotic encounter, Dannie is both shocked and liberated by her response. But being intimate means letting herself be vulnerable, which isn't her style. Lee tries to reach out to her, but she avoids any emotional entanglement by pushing him away.

Snowed in and unable to hide from each other, Dannie and Lee must both face up to their most closely guarded emotions. When the storm abates, will they be able to stop running from the past and live fully in the future?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426893803
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Series: Recovery Trilogy Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 836,474
  • File size: 394 KB

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She noticed him right away. That wasn't a good sign.

It was his chest, really. How broad and strong he looked. The way the sun caught the gold stubble of his buzz-cut hair as he stepped off the parking lot. The fact that he wore enough layers of wool and polypropylene to insulate a small army. The way he shouldered his thick pack as though it weighed nothing.

She looked away before he saw her.

The sky was overcast and the air punishingly cold. Dannie breathed in gratefully. The world out here was blissfully simple in its total indifference to her. And she was sick to death of complicated things. Here in the mountains there was one goal only: try not to die. She tightened the laces of her boots and joined the group.

"Everybody ready?"

Dr. Stevens gathered the hikers in a loose semicircle. As the head of her department, he'd been leading monthly mountain hikes for staff and friends for as long as she could remember. Dannie joined in on the occasional free Saturday.

Not that she was the typical joining type or particularly social. Other hikers rarely attempted to strike up a conversation with her. And if they did, she'd offer only marginally polite monosyllables in response to their chipper small talk. Eventually they gave up and talked to someone else.

She couldn't abide chitchat on the mountain. There was enough noise in her regular life. Up here she preferred silence.

Parking Lot Guy quietly joined the group. The hair rose on the back of Dannie's neck. She didn't recognize him from the hospital, and he'd never been on any of the hikes before. She wondered who he was, and then shoved the thought away, irritated with herself.

She wasn't here to meet a man. She was here to get the hell out of the city. To see some damn nature and relax. To hike until she was too exhausted to think.

"It's a pretty straightforward hike to the cabin." Dr. Stevens stared at each of them in turn, the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I hope you appreciate the fact that I'm allowing you cretins to enter my little getaway. Don't tell the others or they'll all be banging down the door. Lee, you got the map?"

Behind Dannie a deep voice answered, "Yep. Got it."

She turned as he looked up and caught the full force of his green eyes.

Jesus.

Briefly he nodded in her direction. He held her gaze a little too long, and when he smiled, she looked quickly away.

"Good. Lee here's a fine man to have around on the mountain." Dr. Stevens checked his watch. "Should take two, maybe three hours to get up there. We stop, have lunch and then head on back before the storm moves in. Stick together. No cell reception up here and the trail's not marked. If you get separated from the group, you're in trouble. Lee, bring up the rear, all right? I'll lead."

"Sure."

Dannie hastened to the front of the line.

There were six of them this time, including the doctor. At their Brooklyn hospital they called him Dr. Waldo. His uncanny resemblance to a certain perpetually missing cartoon character was a source of unending amusement to all the staff. The name lent a certain extra charm to the nature hikes he led. The cloud of red frizz on top of his head shined out like a beacon, even when clamped under a hat. Dannie kept her eyes on that frizz and set out on the trail.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

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    Snowbound with a Stranger by Rebecca Rogers Maher ISBN: 97814

    Snowbound with a Stranger by Rebecca Rogers Maher
    ISBN: 9781426893803
    Danie, a nurse, divorced, 38 was on her way up the mountain with several other regulars and one she had never seen. She needed the time to clear her head of all the deaths, sickness and sadness that went with her job.
    She let the last in line know she was going to find some underbrush to go pee and rejoin them. When she returned to the trail the footprints in the snow had vanished. She was there alone, a fork in the path, hours later she figured she had taken the wrong path.
    Hours later the newcomer had found her and walkie talkied to the others who were at the hotel that they were heading to the cabin, an hour hike away in the blizzard conditions.
    Lee is an social working dealing with oncology patients and has watched many die. He loves the cabin and spends time there often to get away from the misery and pain.
    They pass the time by playing scrabble and talking to one another. Each has thoughts of sex as they will be there for several days and each finds the other attractive.
    Sexual hot steamy sex makes this a perfect read, any time of the year.
    Love the scenery and facts about hiking as I like these things also.
    Cabin is to die for. I could live there forever!
    Awesome read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    This is a very quick read with only about 75 pages and I really

    This is a very quick read with only about 75 pages and I really enjoyed it. Both characters of Dannie and Lee have issues from their past but when they are stuck in a small cabin for three days those issues become secondary to the current of passion that is running between them. A lot happens to these two while they are stranded. It is a really well written story that the reader gets to enjoy. It is not all about passion and love there are real emotions these two have and I would have liked a bit of a longer book to delve deeper into their stories. We read that Dannie is feeling burnt out in her job but the story only skims the top of why she is feeling this way and Lee has had some major heartbreak and has secluded himself from feeling for the last few years and that also could have been discussed. Also these characters have an instant connection but we never read why and *possible spoiler* Lee feels this connection just looking at her picture before he even meets Dannie. That being said this book is a really good story and would be great to have ready for when you need a quick read.

    REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kimberly

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

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    B rating....

    My Review:
    I admit it. I'm a sucker for snowstorm stories. There's just something so romantic about being trapped with nothing to do but keep each other warm. ;o) This one was a pretty good one. I just had a slight issue with Dannie's character which did affect my enjoyment of the story a bit.

    This book starts with a group of co-workers from the hospital hiking up the side of the mountain heading to their leader's cabin. It's a monthly thing for them to go hiking and Dannie looks forward to it every month as a way to clear the stress from her mind from being a nurse. This month, there is a new addition to their little group, Lee. He obviously has lots of hiking experience as well as being the group leader's friend. Dannie feels an immediate draw to him which she ignores...she does not go on these outings for the people...in fact, she tries to stay away from any interpersonal connections during these outings. She gives everything she has to her patients and that doesn't reserve anything for anyone else.

    Lee has his own personal issues. He was a NYC cop until 9/11. Shortly after that, he lost his wife to cancer and has since devoted his life to helping oncology patients and families. Unlike Dannie, he hasn't let this close him off to a relationship. In fact he came out on this hike to meet Dannie. When she goes missing, he's the one to go after and locate her in the snowstorm. At that point, their only choice is to head on up to the cabin and where they get snowed in for 3 days.

    Overall, these are two characters with some interesting emotional issues esp. coming from their medical backgrounds. I loved the sexual tension between them. Even though they are absolutely strangers, it was written really believably. What I didn't enjoy was Dannie's complete and almost bi-polar reversal of her attitude in a couple of scenes. Her attitude was whiplashing back and forth there for a while and the extremes were just too extreme for me to find them believable. Regardless of this, I found this book to be a fun read and I definitely enjoyed it.

    It's a short book and makes for a hot little read and would be perfect for some cold winter's night entertainment.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

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    A scorching HOT read

    Snowbound with a Stranger by Rebecca Rogers Maher was a refreshing read that caught my attention from page one. Synopsis: Dannie Marino is hiking with colleagues when a sudden blizzard separates her from her group. She's rescued by Lee, a dangerously sexy stranger who leads her to a remote cabin to weather the storm.

    When the night inevitably ends in an intense erotic encounter, Dannie is both shocked and liberated by her response. But being intimate means letting herself be vulnerable, which isn't her style. Lee tries to reach out to her, but she avoids any emotional entanglement by pushing him away.

    Snowed in and unable to hide from each other, Dannie and Lee must both face up to their most closely guarded emotions. When the storm abates, will they be able to stop running from the past and live fully in the future?

    Review: I found the story very easy to read through, entirely believable and filled with just the right amount of comedy and drama that had me turning the page again and again. While it’s a fast read, there is nothing about this book that makes you want to put it down. The lines are smooth, the scenes hot, and the chemistry between these two smoking!

    Ms. Maher has done a phenomenal job at capturing the minds of both characters and enthralling me right on down to the last sentence. Would recommend this book for anyone looking to cuddle—and come up with their own snowed-in fantasies—on a nice weekend getaway. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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